Verizon's LG G2 gets new software update
The update is rather small, and basically updates the software version from VS98010B to VS98011A, as well as the Kernel. We're not sure yet what the change log is, as the Verizon Support Site still says that VS98010B was to improve the font size for the app tray, with no mention of VS98011A as of yet.
The dev community says that the update might try to "close" the rooting processes that have been discovered over the past week and to prevent custom recoveries such as TWRP from being installed. So if rooting your LG G2 is important to you, or if you are already rooted, it's probably best to hold-off from installing the software update.
source: Droid-Life, XDA, and Verizon
1. zachattack (Posts: 439; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Just ordered my G2 on verizon and i don't give 2 craps! The phone is amazing and needs no rooting. Lock my phone all you want big red ~
2. sharks (Posts: 164; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
LG is trying to prevent rooting on its latest flagship? The G2 suddenly became less appealing. This gives new meaning to hold off on buying the G2 and instead get the dev-friendly Nexus 5 when it's released next month. Both phones will feature the same internals anyway.
4. freebee269 (Posts: 496; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)
Wrong. This is a Verizon update not lg. The other carriers have no update. There's root and custom recovery after only a week being out. Doesn't seem like lg is making it all that hard to be Dev friendly. This phone will share the same hardware as the nexus 5. Which means porting nexus android versions will be Dev friendly.
5. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Verizon hasn't been root-friendly since the OG Droid. They have no incentive to encourage root/ROM. Verizon believes the best way to assure their phones give you good service is by keeping a stranglehold on software. That's why the Verizon GNex was such a disappointment, and why I don't see them supporting the Nexus 5.
On the other hand, the heavily customized, bright and friendly G2 fits into Verizon's plan to offer an Android phone for every customer... except the root/ROM power-user. Be thankful they sell Moto X and Maxx dev editions, albeit full price only.
6. nnjerzy (Posts: 70; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
This has nothing to do with LG its a Verizon thing,, so now that becomes less appealing? lmao,,, this is a beast
3. zachattack (Posts: 439; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
To each their own ~. Same thing as jail breaking an iPhone, the fun wears off after the first few days. Doesn't make the G2 any less of an amazing phone
7. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
On XDA they're saying this is just a baseband update. Not attempt to close root.
9. Tsoliades (Posts: 185; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
The G2 has such horrible software already, now Verizon is locking it up more? Ick.
Nexus is the only way to go.
10. Jillxz (Posts: 130; Member since: 04 Jun 2012)
You are just another LG hater. Simple fact .
11. zachattack (Posts: 439; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Heh i just got my G2 from UPS and i can gladly tell you any negatives about the G2 don't exist. It scored a 36100 on Antutu with apps open and screen on. The speakers do NOT suck. The only good thing about HTC One's speakers are they are really loud. LG G2's speakers sound fantastic they just aren't as loud and they definitely are not quiet. This batter life is insane i had to try to kill it. I was on it constantly receiving facebook and gmail updates while streaming music and downloading apps. About 5hours of on screen time i think out of the 13 it was up (first charge). The tap on feature also works flawlessly. The fools at Pocketnow show them tapping the screen repeatedly. Yeah... i don't care how good the phone is, it won't instantly unlock the second you lock it. You have to wait a second before unlocking it. The interface is quite nice to stare at also, easy on the eyes. ALL negatives just went out the window, so whats up? Want to hate on the G2 go ahead doesn't matter at all. LG made this years best device and you are mad.
The one thing i will say, is that i do definitely miss the volume button or power button a lot. Because verizon made these buttons pretty hard to differentiate. I find myself trying to press the camera. Thank god for it's fingerprint proof glass. It is plastic and does get fingerprints, but who cares you can't see them. Unless you flip the phone over and stare at it in the bright light... Oh and the notification center is sexy. It's grey and light blue... how does that not look good. All you have to do is press Qslide button to get rid of the Qslide app button row in the NFC
12. zachattack (Posts: 439; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)
Oh the camera is also sick as hell.. took a pic of my dad fixing his truck and he was movin and my hand was shaking but it snapped the perfect clear image. I also rarely even have to press the back buttons at all with knock on.
Best phone of the year goes to LG, thank you and good bye